Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Nursing?

  • Nurses exercise leadership skills on a daily basis, and no two days are alike—each patient presents a new situation, a new problem to solve, or a new decision to make.
  • Nurses provide compassionate care to individuals, families, and communities across the life span.
  • This program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam).
  • You'll learn to collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals to interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions.
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There is never a dull day when you are in charge of patient care. Nurses rarely know how their day will unfold, as each patient presents a new situation, a new problem to solve, or a new decision to make. Nurses are the compassionate, multi-tasking experts who act as the backbone of medical care everywhere.

Program Locations

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

What You'll Learn

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Mid-State prepares each graduate to work successfully as a registered nurse (RN). Students acquire a balance of knowledge and technical skills in physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and nursing. They also contribute to classroom discussion, independent learning projects, simulation labs, and hands-on clinical experiences at area healthcare agencies.

After completing all required graduation courses and first- and second-semester nursing courses, students can opt to take the national licensing test for Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). After completion of the nursing program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Mid-State’s Nursing program prepares students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for other states.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $12,981.90
  • Books: $2,597.95
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $761.50
  • Total Estimated Cost: $16,341.35

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Prerequisites/Required Prior to Beginning Nursing Courses
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology  4
  10806179 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology 4
  10809188 Developmental Psychology  3
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  30543300 Nursing Assistant 3
  Total   14 Credits
Needed Prior to Graduation or Recommended Prior to Beginning Nursing Courses
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10806197 Microbiology  4
  10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
-or- 10801198 Speech  3
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
  10809196 Introduction to Sociology  3
-or- 10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies  3
  10890102 GPS for Student Success*  1
  Total   14 Credits
Nursing Courses
Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10543101 Nursing Fundamentals 2
  10543102 Nursing Skills  3
  10543103 Nursing Pharmacology  2
  10543104 Nursing Introduction to Clinical Practice  2
  Term Total   9 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10543105 Nursing Health Alterations 3
  10543106 Nursing Health Promotion 3
  10543107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan 2
  10543108 Introduction to Clinical Care Management 2
  Term Total   10 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10543109 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 1 3
  10543110 Mental Health and Community Concepts 2
  10543111 Nursing: Intermediate Clinical Practice 3
  10543112 Nursing Advanced Skills 1
  Term Total   9 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10543113 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 2 3
  10543114 Nursing Management and Professional Concepts 2
  10543115 Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice 3
  10543116 Nursing: Clinical Transition 2
  Term Total   10 Credits
  Program Total   66*† Credits

* The 1- credit GPS for Student Success course is a College requirement for graduation, not a Nursing program requirement. The GPS for Student Success course is required for all Mid-State program students and is recommended to be completed before obtaining 12 credits. Some students are exempt from this requirement. Please see your program advisor for more information. 

† The Nursing Assistant course is required for admission to the Nursing associate degree program and is not counted in the total credit value for this program. All students enrolled in the nursing bridge pathways are required to take this course.















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  • Charge Nurse
  • Registered Nurse



High school students are eligible to enroll in this program; however, some courses have age requirements. Speak to a Mid-State advisor for more information. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track

Accreditation Information

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Mid-State Technical College located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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The Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to the associate program and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2030.

LPN-to-ADN and Paramedic-to-ADN Pathways

In order to recognize the experience and education of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Paramedic, an LPN/Paramedic-to-ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) articulation plan has been developed. This means that upon successful completion of specified activities and coursework, an LPN or Paramedic would be eligible to enter the ADN program as a third semester student (based on seat availability).

BSN Completion

An agreement between Mid-State Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point allows students to complete an associate degree in nursing (ADN) at Mid-State and a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) through UW-Stevens Point known as the Partnership Program (1+2+1). This allows students to begin their coursework at either institution by taking general studies courses to meet Mid-State’s ADN admission requirements. For students beginning at Mid-State, the program allows acceptance into UW-Stevens Point RN to BSN completion major as early as the third semester of the Mid-State ADN program. For students beginning at UW-Stevens Point, the agreement also creates a competitive application process to gain entrance into Mid-State’s ADN program each semester, providing an efficient and affordable path to becoming a registered nurse (RN) in central Wisconsin. Following completion of the Partnership Program, students will have earned both an ADN and BSN and successfully achieved licensure as an RN in the state of Wisconsin.

In addition, any graduate from the nursing program can pursue a BSN degree from numerous colleges that have articulating agreements with the college. This allows many credits earned at Mid-State to be accepted by the BSN college.

For more information, talk to your academic advisor at Mid-State or UW-Stevens Point.

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“The education I received at Mid-State was outstanding. Each one of my instructors was approachable and always willing to put in extra time. Upon graduating, I started my career in nursing with excellent hands-on skills and a solid knowledge base.”


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